- His Master's Voice -- about capturing the "voice" of the speaker. This was a tough one, because capturing someone's speech patterns, tone, rhythm, syntax, word choice, etc., has always come pretty naturally to me. I had to think hard about what specific steps a person who doesn't have that natural ability might take.
- Blocked? Get Over It -- this one's been done to death, but I figure it bears repeating: there's no such thing as writer's block. I may dump it in the end, but right now it's less than 200 words anyway. I envision the "regular" chapters, which are already pretty short as it is, being interrupted occasionally with these extremely short, one-page mini-chapters.
As I write these, I keep thinking about an approach recommended by an old friend/colleague. She's had her own book published by Simon & Schuster, but she's been talking up the whole online/crowdsourcing thing. Just putting up chapters, inviting debate, collecting comments and, I presume, revising and rewriting.
It sounds interesting, though finding a large enough following of interested people might be difficult. Certainly not as difficult as finding a publisher, though. There are some sites I need to check out. Just a few chapters to get under my belt first.